When does computer technology threaten US National Security?
In today's world, when the latest technology in computer programming is usually kept top secret until the release of a new product becomes the topic of the day, the President's Whitehouse web pages have revealed "open source computer codes" that are being openly given out by the "Whitehouse." David Cole encourages anyone to help him write and update this new Whitehouse computer coding.
Unless codes of external composition have no ulterior effects on banking, security and credit card systems, or on the U.S. government filing systems, then perhaps, there is no fault on the federal government for revealing its "open source" models and offering the world to update them, as necessary.
This publicity news release given to the internet reading population, begins after the "Chief of Staff" Rahm Emmanuel has requested a possible resignation to seek another job which he feels he would prefer to do in the fine city of Chicago.
Perhaps, Bill Gates who has retired from the business, would have something to say about the article posted on the Whitehouse web pages; although, is the Microsoft founder actually available to discern the code, and would it make much of a difference if he was?
No matter what type of system or code operates the government public relations business for the President and his staff, it should always be protected by secret service and extremely sophisticated servers that cannot be cracked. One inlet into a simple system could be a keyhole to a larger, more sensitive server.
Whenever highlights exist on a page containing new web addresses that can be entered through without encryption especially, on a protected government internet site like the Whitehouse's; there is always a greater chance for experienced hackers to commandeer the entire server.
It will also, allow cross entrances through "back doors" into any filing system which is accessed through the Whitehouse offices.
Concerns about entrances into a "back door" should only be that military weapons firing systems could be accessed or adjusted through a small keyhole glitch in the system and any firewalls eat up by a trojan "worm," dismantling and disrupting the U.S. security firewalls.
Disadvantages of "open source codes" are the "back door" entrances which cause security breaches and sometimes, it happens completely unnoticed. The advantages for hackers are that they can use the software in any manner and it is easily modified.
WhiteHouse.gov Releases Open Source Code Posted by Dave Cole on April 21, 2010 at 04:26 PM EDT As part of our ongoing effort to develop an open platform for WhiteHouse.gov, we're releasing some of the custom code we've developed. This code is available for anyone to review, use, or modify. We're excited to see how developers across the world put our work to good use in their own applications. By releasing some of our code, we get the benefit of more people reviewing and improving it. In fact, the majority of the code for WhiteHouse.gov is already open source as part of the Drupal project. The code we're releasing today adds to Drupal's functionality in three key ways: 1. Scalability: We're releasing a module called "Context HTTP Headers," which allows site builders to add new metadata to the content they serve. We use this to tell our servers how to handle specific pages, such as cache this type of page for 15 minutes or that type for 30. A second module that addresses scalability is called "Akamai" and it allows our website to integrate with our Content Delivery Network, Akamai. 2. Communication: Many government agencies have active email programs that they use to communicate with the public about the services they provide. We have a mailing list for the White House, where you can get updates about new content and initiatives. To enable more dynamic emails tailored to users' preferences, we've integrated one of the popular services for government email programs with our CMS in the new module, "GovDelivery". 3. Accessibility: We take very seriously our obligation to make sure WhiteHouse.gov is as accessible as possible and are committed to meeting the government accessibility standard, Section 508. As part of that compliance, we want to make sure all images on our site have the appropriate metadata to make them readable on by screen reading software. To help us meet this, while making it easier to manage the rich photos and video content you see on our site, we've developed "Node Embed."